Proposal Synopsis: What is the best way to pay respect to those innocents who have lost their lives in the tragic events in Iraq? A memorial should be a timeless icon of remembrance rather than a form of passing fashion. There have been built more than enough outrageous, excessive monuments in the past decades of tyranny in Iraq. This memorial should be a reserved, respectful symbol, and a strong gesture for the memory of those lost. It should not be an individual experience but a universal sign, no matter what religion or ethnical background of the visitors. The building has the figure of an ongoing continuous circular path, abruptly broken by cuts in this strong shape. Nevertheless, the cycle of life (and death) is ongoing, continuing and never ending. The memorial should be a symbol of hope arising from the ashes of pain and tragedy. Therefore it should be a place for both mourn (death) and inspire hope (life). The memorial part is therefore combined with a contemporary art center, where Iraqi artist can express their ideas about the war, and present ideas for a new start, a future of hope and peace for the whole of Iraq.
Artist's Biography: Matthijs Boer was born in 1980 and trained as an architect at the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands. He graduated in 2006 in the graduation group of Architecture & Modernity – Public Building on a Cultural Resource Centre of First Nations in Montreal, Canada. Having worked in a large architectural firm in Amsterdam for the past 2 years and taken part in several architectural competitions, he currently works in Melbourne, Australia.
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